The Circuit of Ireland International Rally will hopefully be the third round of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in 2022. We are confident that it will also be a round of the British and European Trophy Rally Championships. In 2021 the event was to be a round of both Championships but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Planning is well under way to celebrate the 90th anniversary of this iconic event and on Friday 15th of April 2022 the event will start from the Pits on the famous Ulster Grand Prix Circuit at Dundrod and finish on Saturday 16th in the beautiful gardens at Antrim Castle.
The centralised service area for both days will be situated in the pits area of Dundrod Motorsport Centre.
The uniqueness of this stage rally will see two separate events combining to give a spectacle for competitors and spectators alike. The first nine competitive stages on Friday are located close to the service area and the action starts around 10:00 a.m. and finishes in Dundrod around 5:30 p.m. We are in negotiations with the Chimney Corner Hotel to be our Rally Headquarters again, which is centrally located for the nine stages on Saturday staring at 8:00 a.m. finishing around 5:00 p.m. These 18 classic stages are on fast flowing tarmac roads which will present challenges for all competitors and provide superb opportunities for spectators to enjoy closed road rallying.
On Saturday morning starting from Dundrod; additional competitors will join those who participated on Friday to contest a further nine classic rally stages focussing around Antrim finishing in Dundrod in the early evening.
The Ulster Automobile Club, organisers of the Wastewater Solutions Circuit of Ireland International Rally are working closely with our title sponsor as well as reconnecting with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to extend the successful partnerships established in 2019.
We would ask everyone to remain patient, stay safe and look forward to the ‘sleeping Giant’ awakening for a spectacular closed road rally over the Easter weekend in 2022!!